The name Air Drawn Dagger comes from Macbeth as it’s a “characterisation of an emotional outburst”. Guitarist Lewis and vocalist Maisie began writing songs in the back of a Cake Shop in Sheffield before they cut their teeth winning over diverse crowds, playing anywhere possible, from Hardcore shows to Tapas restaurants.
Their debut releases received heavy support from BBC Introducing and with a DIY North American Tour under their belt, the UK band have been building a universe in their music videos, selling out shows and being added to Spotify and Apple Music playlists like ‘Pop Punk Generation”, ‘Emo Anthems’, and ‘All New Rock’.
This year alone, the band have been heavily supported by Total Rock and Kerrang, signed to Silent Cult Records and released a new EP ‘Songs to Fight the Gods To’ produced by Neil Kennedy (Creeper, Boston Manor).
The 5 tracks incorporate haunting pianos, Hip Hop beats, acoustic guitars and synthy soundscapes within an nostalgic, early 2000s, Emo exterior.
Following on from their debut mixtape which acted as a sonic charcuterie board, ‘Songs to Fight the Gods To’ really hones in on who Air Drawn Dagger are and what they stand for.
The EP covers topics of de-crowning the patriarchy, the uncertainty of destiny and rallying against a capitalist hellscape. Thematically influenced by ancient mythology, the EP follows the journey of one person’s battle at a fabled mountain, to stand face to face, and destroy their gods.
Air Drawn Dagger have embraced not fitting in, which has built an organic community.
The genre-melting ensemble use gigs as a space to welcome those who don’t belong anywhere else, and to celebrate the darker side of people; in one big therapeutic party.